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More Scottish matches postponed due to the weather

New Douglas Park is frozen
The pitch at New Douglas Park is frozen

Hamilton Accies' Scottish Premier League game against Hibernian on Wednesday has been postponed because of a frozen pitch at New Douglas Park.

It is the latest in a list of more than 50 matches to fall foul of the weather.

The SPL say that the Hibernian-Aberdeen game on Boxing Day is not under threat, despite media reports to the contrary.

An SPL statement said: "The game will go ahead unless there is a serious deterioration in the conditions around Easter Road over the next few days."

However, they say that the weather is not forecast to worsen before match day.

Dundee United's home league match against Rangers on Tuesday was called off, as were all of that night's Scottish Cup third round replays.

No new date has been set yet for the two SPL postponements at New Douglas Park and Tannadice, which were both rescheduled matches from earlier snow-related call-offs.

Accies are in the process of carrying out repairs on the electrical system that operates the undersoil heating after a pipe burst at the weekend.

"Both clubs have agreed that the pitch is presently unsuitable for play," read a statement from the Lanarkshire club.

"Hibernian secretary Garry O'Hagan called in at NDP [New Douglas Park] on Tuesday lunchtime and after discussions with Scott Struthers both clubs reported their concerns to the SPL."

Accies secretary Scott Struthers said: "Naturally it is disappointing to lose this fixture for a second time to the weather but in the present circumstances the game had no chance of taking place tomorrow.

"It was -15C locally at 8.30am this morning and still minus 10 at lunchtime. I am glad that the sensible decision to postpone has been reached."

The Scottish Cup ties - Threave Rovers v Stenhousemuir, Annan Athletic's replay against Brechin City and Beith's tie against Airdrie United - will be rescheduled for after the Christmas weekend.

But, those games will again be subject to pitch inspections and safety approval of the areas surrounding the respective grounds.



see also
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Falkirk irked by postponed match
18 Dec 10 |  Scottish League
SPL may consider extending season
18 Dec 10 |  Scottish Premier
Freeze hits Scottish card again
18 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Fourteen Scottish games postponed
06 Dec 10 |  Scottish Cups
Weather wipes out Scottish card
29 Nov 10 |  Scottish League
Remaining cup tie falls to snow
27 Nov 10 |  Scottish Cups
Airdrie United 2-2 Beith
20 Nov 10 |  Scottish Cups
Brechin 2-2 Annan
20 Nov 10 |  Scottish Cups
Stenhousemuir 2-2 Threave Rovers
20 Nov 10 |  Scottish Cups



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